TAKING ROOT | Pinot Grigio | 2011
pinot gris


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and we are still on the white wine theme. Tonight, we are going to review a once famous wine, a wine that is forgotten today – Taking Root Pinot Grigio 2011 from Acorex Wine Holding, currently re-branded as Albastrele Wines. This is a classic ‘lo stile italiano’ wine, made of pinot grigio / pinot gris grape variety. Once upon a time, the Taking Root wine series were a reference point for every winemaker in Moldova, who aspired to make fine, dry white wines, howether, today the legend is gone and forgotten, but let’s move one to the tasting.

 Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:


The wine has a bright, brilliant-yellow color, with a translucent greenish-white rim-color.


The nose is strong and elegant, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose is sweet and insistent, with nuanced notes of sweet fruits and citrus: mango, yellow apple, yellow pear, quince, apricot, pineapple, nectarine, lemon and some subtle notes of cherry blossom. Then comes the magic – sweet, subtle notes of dried banana, dried sweet melon and butter, which is a clear tell, that points towards malolactic fermentation or barrel maturation.


The wine is medium-dry, with just some hints of residual sugar, it has moderate alcohol and moderate acidity, which makes the wine taste sweet and silky. Medium tannin adds some creaminess, the wine feels quite oily, but crisp and smooth at the same time. The overall balance is good – this is a delicious, velvety-buttery wine, which leaves you with a childish smile on your face, with eyes shut and thoughts drifting you away, towards moments of joy and times of carelessness.


The wine has a long-minus finish and a velvety-sweet aftertaste, one that turns to bittersweet after some aeration.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.0 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Last but not least, it is to be mentioned that one of the previous vintages of this wine has been already highly appreciated on international scene with two accolades: a silver medal and, a year later, a commended award, by Decanter World Wine Awards – the most influential wine contest in the world of wine. We would also like to highlight our admiration for the ”TAKING root” wine series – a quite well thought concept, one that represents Moldova and its traditions in an unique way, a concept, mixed with a bit of folklore, that adds a story behind each wine – the story of a wine, made out of passion.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Pinot Grigio | 2011

grape: | pinot gris |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 89.0 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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